Center for Energy Science and Policy

David Hart

Allison Macfarlane

Center Description
Energy policy promises to be one of the key issues of the 21st century. The nation and the world must mitigate climate change caused by fossil fuel combustion, while still providing secure and affordable supplies of energy to support economic development and growth. Effective energy policy depends on solid scientific and policy analysis. It is an intrinsically multi-disciplinary endeavor. This center, a joint initiative of the College of Science and School of Public Policy, provides objective analysis of key issues in the energy field that is grounded in original research. It serves as a center of gravity for the many researchers at George Mason whose work engages them with these issues and connects them with decision-makers in the economy, society, and government.

SPP’s faculty is deeply engaged in research that advances solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing the region, the nation, and the world. Faculty members are active as advisors to public, private, and non-profit sector organizations, where they take a hands-on approach to public policy formation and implementation.

SPP’s research centers span diverse policy areas, including international security, economic development, energy policy, and emerging markets. The School frequently hosts seminars and workshops featuring practitioners and scholars from around the world as well as community events with public officials and candidates.

SPP’s home is Founders Hall, the flagship building of Mason’s Arlington campus, which opened in 2012. The campus is easily accessible from anywhere in the Washington DC area, only a block from the Virginia Square/GMU station on Metro’s Orange Line and just minutes away from Interstate 66 and the George Washington Parkway.